Jury returns from deliberations

Back in January, Grant Everson and his friend Joel Beckrich went to Grant’s home armed with box cutters and a shotgun. The plan was that they would slit Grant’s parents’ throats. Afterwards, Grant would collect a large sum of insurance money, together with his sister, Nicole, who lived in Colorado. Grant and three of his pals (including Beckrich) would take Grant’s half of the money and move to Amsterdam. There, they’d open up a coffee shop where they could sell marijuana.

When Grant and Joel got to the house, Nancy Everson, Grant’s mom, woke up and confronted the boys. Grant lost his nerve and told Joel he’d have to shoot her. Joel asked her if she wanted it in the head or chest and then shot her in the face from about 5 feet away. Grant’s father woke during the confrontation and escaped through a closet window where he fled to safety and called authorities from a neighbor’s home.

Grant Everson’s trial began on November 13.

Joel Beckrich testified against Grant, and is still awaiting his final sentence. Under the terms of a plea arrangement, in exchange for his truthful testimony about what happened that morning, he will be sentenced to 45 years, and will be required to spend a minimum of 30 years behind bars.

As for Grant, the verdict is in … guilty of all four charges.

A little over 24 hours after the case went to the jury for deliberations, Grant Everson was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of premeditated murder. If the counts are not overturned in appeals, Grant faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Everson guilty on all counts | Chaska Herald | Grant Everson archives at The Original Musings |  Kate blogs at The Original Musings.

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